First lawsuit filed over Divvy bike rack

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Chicago’s bike-sharing program continues to grow, but that has led to a lawsuit.

The Divvy bike system allows users to rent a bicycle from one location and return it to another for a fee.

A Divvy bike-sharing station was recently installed outside a condo building in Lakeview, at the corner of Addison and Pine Grove.

The station holds up to 15 bicycles, but it also takes away at least two parking spots.

David Kolin is an attorney and the president of the condo building’s association.

He’s asking a Cook County judge to have the Divvy station removed.

“We don’t think it’s appropriate in a residential area to have this thing set up,” Kolin told the Chicago Tribune.  “It’s not a very attractive thing to have.  It’s led to crowds already.  It’s less than 20 steps from our front door.”

“I like the bike thing.  It’s really a good idea,” said building resident Dade Darby.  “There are many places, in fact we’d be happy if they just put it at the alley.”

Some see the bikes as a new safety feature.
“With people moving in and out all the time, no one’s going to mess around the neighborhood with all these people coming around,” said Lakeview resident Andrew Haubert.

Chicago’s Department of Transportation and 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman are named defendants in the lawsuit.

“This residential street location was determined to be the safest for customers near the busy intersection of Addison and Lake Shore Drive,” CDOT spokesman Pete Scales said in a statement.  “It is located in the public way, close to the curb on the street, and not on any private property.”


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